Drummer & Percussionist from Paul Simon's Band leads All-Star International Sextet Live at Nighttown!
Jamey Haddad-drums & percussion (CLE/USA)
Billy Drewes-sax (NYC/USA)
Roberto Occhipinti-acoustic bass (Canada)
Leo Blanco-piano (Venezuela)
Michael Ward Bergeman-accordion (NYC/USA)
Ali Amr-vocals & qanan (Palestine)
A world class musician, native Clevelander Jamey Haddad spent most of 2012 and 2013 on tour with Paul Simon enhancing his world famous music with his percussion. Jamey Haddad has been a professional jazz musician for over 25 years. He has toured and recorded with many greats including Carly Simon, Joe Lovano, Paul Winter, Kenny Werner, and Dave Liebman.
Currently Jamey teaches at Oberlin and he continues to tour as the leader of his own group, and as a special guest, nationally and internationally.
Billy Drewes has been creating music, composing, performing and recording since the mid 1970's. His main instruments include soprano, alto and tenor saxophones, clarinets, flutes, drums, percussion and piano.
Featured on over one hundred CD's, with performance credits worldwide, he continually searches out new avenues for creative expression. He shares the stage with Joe Lovano, Bill Frisell, Paul Motian and Toninho Horta at venues from Egypt to Cuba, Israel to Africa, New York's Carnegie Hall to Albert Royal Hall in London.
Imagination, versatility and technical excellence are all adjectives that describe Canadian bassist,Roberto Occhipinti. Long recognized for his chameleon-like ability to dig in to almost any musical form, it is in his love and enthusiasm for Latin jazz that he burns brightest.
Roberto hastoured and recorded with Blue Note recording artist, Jane Bunnett and the Spirits of Havana, notably appearing on her last three recordings, including the Grammy nominated Alma de Santiago and the Juno award winning Ritmo + Soul. Roberto's association with piano virtuoso Hilario Duran has resulted four well-received recording projects,
The music of pianist Leo Blanco pulses with global rhythmic elements influenced equally by his South American roots and European classical traditions interwoven with improvisatory developments.
In 1997 Blanco became the first Latin American to win to the prestigious Boston Jazz Society Award. The next year, he received the Billboard Grant Award for his commitment, achievement and contribution to society through music. Currently, he is a faculty member at Berklee College of Music.